The Best Haircuts for Men, According to Face Shape

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Before you decide to switch up your hairstyle, it’s always a good idea to take your face shape into account. Problem is, it isn’t something we think about all that often, especially dudes. Enter two pro stylists: Tara Angley of Hairroin Salon in Los Angeles, and Russell Cordeiro, stylist, colorist and educator at Art + Autonomy Salon in New York City. Here, they cut straight to the chase on the best look for each shape.

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For a diamond face shape, where the cheekbones are the widest part of the face, Angley recommends a mid-length layered style and a side-swept bang. “Pulling down the height from the top is key,” she says.

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If you have a wide jawline that’s about the same width as your cheekbones, and your head is longer than it is wide, try an executive cut. “Instead of going for the clippers, try something traditional with some length,” Angley says. “A classic scissor cut, keeping length on top and longer tapered sides, will look great.”

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If your forehead and cheekbones are wide while your chin is pointed, you have a heart-shaped face. “Shorter sides or sides that are slicked back tight to the head are optimal, and styling the top with some volume will help elongate the face,” says Cordeiro. If you’re a fan of facial hair, he says growing side burns can also add length.

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If your jawline is fairly rounded, your face is longer than it is wide and your forehead is a little wider than your jaw, you have an oval-shaped face. “This is the most balanced face shape, so almost any style can be complimentary,” says Angley. Whether you like short and simple or long and lush, you can try any cut with little to no risk.

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For a face that’s longer than it is wide, steer clear of haircuts that are meant to be styled with volume, as they can emphasize length, says Cordeiro. If you want shorter sides, keep the top either tight or styled flat, and if you’re open to facial hair, he suggests a mustache or a short beard, which can help break up vertical lines.

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If you have a rounder face (think George Lopez), Angley recommends balancing the shape with some angles. “Length and volume up top will pull the face lengthwise,” she explains. Ask your stylist for an undercut and, if you’re feeling extra bold, style it into a faux hawk.

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If you’ve got a face shaped similarly to Brad Pitt’s with a sharp jaw that is a similar width to your forehead, try a crew cut or fade style. “This face shape has a very strong structure and prominent jaw line, so keeping the cut short and tight to round off the edges is key,” explains Angley.

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If you have a narrow chin and wider cheekbones, similar to Keith Urban, Angley recommends going with some volume and layers on top for a more textured style, while keeping the sides a little fuller to help balance out the width of the cheekbones.

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